Every written narrative has a narrator, the story's teller. Narrators can take a variety of forms; in some instances, they are active participants in the plot, in others they report details from a remove.
Shown at Sundance under the title Toy's House, Jordan Vogt-Roberts' The Kings of Summer is a coming-of-age tale that touches a lot of bases and explores a variety of tones in ways that most films are too timid to do.
Mark Twain tried to start us talking about race by writing such books as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but he knew that our discussion would have to go on long after his death, and that our tendency would be to try to ignore it, or pay it mere lip service.
While racial insensitivity and avoidance of discussions about racism are real problems in classrooms, removing racially objectionable content from literature cannot possibly be effective in anything other than eliminating discomfort.